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Journey to Bethlehem

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Date: December 17, 2017

Speaker: Jim Swaney

Series: The Coming King

Category: Christmas

Scripture: Luke 2, Matthew 1

THE COMING KING                                                                                      December 17, 2017

Advent #3: Journey to Bethlehem

Luke 2; Matthew 1


Joseph and Mary were obligated to go on a “road trip”—decreed by the Roman Emperor. 


  • So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.”  Luke 2:4-5 (NIV)


Their journey: A 90-100 mile walk; most likely an 8-10 day journey, with danger of bandits and robbers. 

Bethlehem: a small town in Judea, of the tribe of Judah and King David; known for raising sheep and lambs to be used for sacrifice in the Temple in Jerusalem.


“ While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born,

and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.”   Luke 2:6-7 (NIV)


Jesus was born:

  • at just the right time --1st Century Roman empire
  • at just the right place --Bethlehem
  • of just the right woman --Mary
  • to lead us back to God!